Pakistani medical students' plight in Cuba
Pakistani students' plight: Senate body recommends fact-finding mission to Cuba
Islamabad, Sep 17: The Senate Standing Committee on Education on Tuesday recommended that the
government send a delegation to Cuba after Eid to find facts about the reported
plight of Pakistanis studying medicine there.
It suggested the name of
Senator Dr Kausar Firdous as the Senate's representative in the proposed
delegation. The committee, which met here with Senator Razina Alam Khan in the
chair, also suggested that the students be provided with at least two return air
tickets during their course and that their monthly stipend be increased from 50
euros to 100 euros. It, at the same time, asked the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) to take Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on board on the
Some members said the courses taught to Pakistani students in Cuba
should be recognised by World Health Organisation (WHO) so that they could
practice medicine on return. They also said Pakistani students should be taught
Spanish in Pakistan and not in Cuba. Earlier, Senator Raza Muhammad Raza, who
recently visited the Medical City in Cuba where Pakistani students are studying
medicine on scholarship, told the committee that the courses being taught to
Pakistanis in the Caribbean island were different from that of Pakistan. He said
students were not sure whether they would get the WHO-recognised
He said the students were also confronting serious financial
problems, unavailability of books, lack of lab and other facilities. HEC
Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman informed the committee that he had held three meetings
with the Cuban ambassador in Islamabad during which the diplomat assured him
that Pakistani students would get ELAM degrees, which were in the process of
being recognised by the WHO. He said the HEC was in contact with the Pakistan
ambassador in Cuba, the PMDC and parents of the students.
Office representatives told the meeting that they and the Pakistani ambassador
to Cuba were in touch with the students. The committee urged the government to
urgently provide funding for setting up nine new universities. It expressed
serious concerns over the government's failure to release the HEC allocated
funds. Dialy Times
"It is the better option for cuban students to aument their stipened and also provide them other facilities.But the main problem for them is to provide them better education so that they may compete here in pakistan.I have also been to Cuba and lived there for 10 months.Then I returned back because I was no sure of the degree.HEC should assure the students about the degree so that they might study in a proper way.THANKS."
Name: Gada Hussain
City, Country: Multan, Pakistan
"i want to study medicine in cuba somebody plz help me"
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan
"Students still facing serious problems during thier studies in Cuba.The students were completed the two years study out of five years of thier scheduled study in Cuba but now these students were facing some serious problems. The Cuban Government was not providing teaching hospitals to the students for further studies, so there could be no doubt that the students careers might be adversely effected. Muhammad Irshad"
Name: Muhammad Irshad
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
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Girls school forcing students to change subjects
Islamabad: Administration of Federal Government Girls Higher Secondary
School, G-6/1-4, is forcing all its students admitted to Pre-medical and
Pre-engineering groups in Higher Secondary School Certificate Part-1 to change
subjects if they want to continue studies at the school.
school had given admission to first-year students in Pre-medical and
Pre-engineering groups and commenced their classes in the third week of August
but now administration of the school has discontinued teaching students in the
said groups. The school has asked students to change their choice of subjects
from Pre-medical and Pre-engineering groups to Humanities group.
Monday and Tuesday, the school administration called upon parents of the
students, who were given admission in the said groups, and asked them to give
their consent on changing subjects of their children otherwise they might take
them away to some other school or college. The school informed the parents that
it has decided to take no more classes in the two groups.
Parents of the
students are much annoyed on the decision taken by the school particularly at a
time when admissions to all educational institutions of the town in the first
year have been closed down. "We are being forced to change choices of studies of
our children which is in no way justified," said a widow on condition of
anonymity whose daughter was given admission to Pre-engineering group at the
She added the school's decision at this time amounts to snatching
rights of studies of young girls who want to study in the two groups as they are
being forced to leave school. "Actually the school is forcing students to
discontinue studies as they are unable to join any other school or college at
this time to study in Pre-medical or Pre-engineering groups," she said in an
infuriated tone adding why the school had given admission to the students in the
said groups earlier.
"Now we have made up our minds to study in the said
groups and how is it possible for us now to change our choices" is the stance of
affected students. The parents and guardians of the "would-be" affected students
also expressed annoyance on callous and discourteous attitude of the school
staff towards young girls.
"How is it justified for educationists (the
school staff) to ask rudely the students who are adamant to continue studies in
the said groups to leave school if they don't want to change their subjects,"
said guardian of a student who wanted his name not to be published as it might
affect future of the student.
Principal of the school Miss Shahnaz, when
contacted, said the school has decided not to continue
classes in Pre-medical and Pre-engineering groups and has asked students to
change subjects if they want to continue studies at the school.
doing nothing wrong rather following policy of Federal Directorate of Education
according to which a student can study in any of the said groups if he or she
had obtained above 65 per cent marks in Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
examination," claimed Shahnaz to support her decision adding the school has only
one student who had secured above 65 per cent marks in the SSC
When asked if it was the case, why the students were given
admission in the said groups, she said the policy was breached by mistake.
"Neither the admission committee of the school nor I went through the policy at
the time of admission," she said adding the school gave admission to students
following a merit scheme and not the policy.
She added the school also
does not have sufficient staff to teach subjects in the said groups. "I have
submitted suggestions to the directorate requesting it to provide teachers to
the school or accommodate girls who wanted to continue their studies in the said
groups in some other educational institution or we will accommodate them in the
existing groups, in humanities," she said adding the school has closed down
teaching in Pre-medical and Pre-engineering groups.
When asked why the
girls are being punished for a mistake done by the school administration, she
has nothing to say but advocate that the students having less than 65 per cent
marks in the SSC examination should not study in Pre-medical or Pre-engineering
groups. "We have a long list of failures of students who have been given
admission to the school last year despite having less than 65 per cent marks,"
added Shahnaz. The News
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